Grace Bay Resorts recently announced a new partnership with celebrity interior designer, Thom Filicia, to bring his sophisticated aesthetic and celebrated style to the brand’s resort properties. The properties include the renowned Grace Bay Club as well as The Residences, the company’s first private residential micro-resort of ultra-luxury, single family beachfront homes.
This multi-phase partnership marks the first interior design collaboration for the award-winning hospitality group, and the first design project in the Turks and Caicos Islands for Filicia.
"We were thrilled that Thom was interested in joining forces with us, and he is a natural choice as a partner,” says Mark Durliat, CEO of Grace Bay Resorts, in a written release. “As we look to the future, partnering with a world-class designer who can help us make thoughtful changes as we grow our brand is paramount. Thom’s inventive interiors combine timeless design with an effortless, modern aesthetic, making him the perfect partner to enhance our award-winning beachfront properties.”
While Grace Bay Club is known for reinventing itself constantly, including adding new food & beverage concepts and undertaking annual upgrades and renovations, this is the first time in its 20-year history that the resort has partnered with a designer of Thom’s prestige in its efforts to reshape the interior redesign of its suites.
Filicia was selected to create a more unified design aesthetic across the entire property. Inspired by the classic beauty of the resort’s tropical surroundings, Filicia’s concepts will mix new textures, dynamic colors and soft lighting to enhance the property’s overall atmosphere and deliver a more contemporary experience for guests.
Interior enhancements, including the Grace Bay Club lobby and two prototype Villa Suites, will make their debut in late 2013, with the balance of villas to follow in 2014. The adults-only hotel and luxury estate will follow in 2015.
“As a designer, I’m always looking for ways to bring things together, so I was thrilled when Grace Bay Resorts asked me to lead their redesign.” said Filicia, founder and chief creative officer of Thom Filicia, Inc., in a written release “Turks and Caicos Islands are so vibrant and full of life. I was immediately inspired by all the vivid colors and textures at play, and the result is a brilliant, sophisticated design concept that truly embodies the spirit of Grace Bay.”
Filicia also brings a unique sense of style to The Residences, designing distinct interior furniture and finishes for the three private homes in this unique micro resort development. Currently under construction on Grace Bay Beach, the four bedroom, six thousand square foot beachfront Residences are priced at $4 million and scheduled for completion in summer 2014.
The project represents a new chapter for Filicia, who is well-known internationally for both his commercial and residential work with celebrities and luxury brands alike, including Tina Fey and Delta Airlines. Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world, including House Beautiful and Elle Décor.